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Photo Essay: A Very Imaginary Holiday Party w/John Vanderslice, The Tripwires, Jose Bold & The Young Evils

Columbia City Music Theater by Jason Tang

Last Thursday night, Three Imaginary Girls and a crowd of awesome music lovers kick-started the holidays with a benefit for Teen Feed (we raised enough to provide 20 youth direct mentoring with Support Coordinators, with a little leftover + a full garbage bag of clean socks!) featuring John Vanderslice -- who pulled double duty as Santa, Jose Bold, The Young Evils, and The Tripwires. DJ Greg Vandy warmed everyone up in The Bourbon Bar pre-show with classic holiday tunage, the Teen Feed peeps were rockin' a delicous table of homemade cookies, and there was lots of dancing, and many, many drinks were had (including one bright-green concoction called "The Elf" which was kind of terrifying, but easy to gulp down).

Luckily, we had fine photographers Jason Tang and Lori Paulson on hand to help capture the magic. It was hard to pick a few favorites to showcase here, but we did! Of course, you can always view the complete set in our Three Imaginary Girls Flickr Pool.


Another reason to join Santa Vanderslice at the Imaginary Holiday Office Party tonight {12/16}

westlake tree

Grab your sleigh bells because tonight is the big night! Please join us at the Columbia City Theater this evening to kick the holidays into high gear with joyous cheer and amazing bands while raising money for stellar Seattle nonprofit, Teen Feed.

Besides having a stellar line-up, the night will feature a visit from Indie-Rock Santa, John Vanderslice! Take your place on his lap and have your photo taken by photographer extraordinaire Laura Musselman. These professionally taken photos with Santa are free and will be available for download on the Imaginary Flickr page by noon on Sunday, December 19.

If you've encountered our Santa Vanderslice before, you know that he's a dashing and wry indie-rocker, but did you also know that the guy is sweeter than a sugar cookie with icing and sprinkles? recently posted a heartwarming interview with John Vanderslice by Litsa Dremousis. Truthcode, I teared up while reading it. JV gets pelted by school kids playing dodgeball while volunteering at 826 Valencia and loves it!

That's the Santa I want to have my photo taken with for sure.

See you at the party tonight. Doors are at 7pm with DJ Greg Vandy spinning vintage holiday favorites, photos with Santa start at 7:30pm, and the bands take the stage at 9pm.

{Photo: Jeanine Anderson}


Latest comment by: imaginary victoria: "omgSOFUN. so fun! so glad everyone was able to make it out! xoxo"

Imaginary Mixtape {December, 2010 - part 3} featuring John Vanderslice, The Tripwires, The Young Evils, and Jose Bold


{Photo by Victoria VanBruinisse from the Imaginary Flickr Photo Pool}

There is nothing we'd love more than to celebrate this month of many holidays with us at this year's Imaginary Holiday Office Party. The night is going to have so many holly jolly wonderful things that going on we can't list them off in one breath (but you can read all about it here).

It's all going down on Thursday, December 16 at the Columbia City Theater and all proceeds from the show go to Seattle nonprofit, Teen Feed. We've gathered some of our favorite bands from Seattle as well as Santa John Vanderslice, who is not only taking the stage to perform, but will also be our Indie-Rock Santa for the evening (and you can get your photo taken upon his lap).

But don't take our word for it, this episode of the Imaginary Mixtape podcast is a sampling of each of the bands taking the Holiday Office Party stage. You can listen to a stream of the podcast below or download the MP3 version of the podcast on the imaginary bandcamp page.


If you are the type that likes to listen to podcasts in itunes, download the .m4a file here {it's one single file with fancy chapter markers!} and then open it in your itunes {big thanks to Jigsaw Records and Indie Pages for hosting the file!}.

We hope to see you at the holiday party!


Post that killer photo of you and Santa and win free tickets

Imaginary Holiday - Photo with Santa

We are counting down to the moment that we get to {gently} plop our imaginary arses on the knee of Santa Vanderslice for a pretty photo taken by photographer extraordinaire Laura Musselman at the Imaginary Holiday Office Party next week {December 16, 2010}.

But we know that things haven't always been so indie-rock for all of us... and we want proof! Please share your favorite / best / worst / funniest / cutest photo of you with Santa by posting it in the comments section of the Facebook invite for the Imaginary Holiday Office Party.

We'll reward the photo with the most 'LIKE's by 9a December 13th with a pair of tickets to the Imaginary Holiday Office Party {Thursday, December 16 at the Columbia City Theater}.

We can't wait to see what Santa looked like when he has his photo taken with you!

{I know it doesn't look like I wearing a skirt in the above photo. Short skirts were in that year!}

Imaginary Crafternoon: Old 97s, The Young Evils, Holiday Indie-pop, and crafts!

Old 97s Young Evils Crafternoon

Join us Sunday, December 5th from 1pm-3pm at Neptune Coffee as we gather to craft holiday style. In this month's edition of the Imaginary Crafternoon Listening Party, we're going to work on our craft projects and listen three new releases in their entirety from beginning to end:

The Old 97's - The Grand Theatre Volume One - The eighth studio album that somehow captures the vigor and daring of their live show (finally).

The Young Evils - Enchanted Chapel - One of our favorite releases of the year, from Seattle or otherwise. It's full of "strumming, crisp drumming on a kick, tambourine, and a bright blue briefcase full of melodic punk-blues defines the schema."

The Matinée Holiday Soirée - a 5-song ep featuring festive songs by Northern Portrait, Strawberry Whiplash, Bubblefum Whiplash, Chamgagne Riot, and Math and Physics Club that will be a holiday staple for years to come.

While listening to these three stellar releases, we're going to have some paper craft projects going. We'll have some card stock, craft paper, and scissors for folks to cut out snowflakes or create holiday cards. Feel free to bring any paper, craft punches, or crafty items to share and/or join in the fun.

You don't have to partake in the craft paper piles, bring your own knitting needles, or current craft project and join us for fabulous crafty conversations and good times! As always, it's a free all-ages event and we'd love to have you join us!

JUST ANNOUNCED: We're going to have some hot crafty raffle action at this Sunday's event. Participants will be entered in a raffle to win a fabulous partying gift {a pair of tickets to see the Old 97s at the Showbox on January 24, 2011 or a Matinee Recordings / Math and Physics Club indie-pop treasure}.

{Old 97s and Young Evils photos by Victoria VanBruiniesse}


Tickets to the Imaginary Holiday Office Party now available {supplies limited!}

The Imaginary Holiday Party with John VandersliceAt 10am today {an icy November 24th}, the tickets to the Imaginary Holiday Office Party went on sale!

Tickets are limited, so race on over to Brown Paper Tickets right now to make sure you don't miss out on this jam packed night of amazing music and holiday cheer:

The Tripwires
The Young Evils
John Vanderslice
{aka Indie-Rock Santa!}
Jose Bold

DJ Greg Vandy spinning vintage holiday songs in the Bourbon Bar while you get your photo taken by Laura Musselman on the lap of Santa Vanderslice.

Tickets are only $15 each and all proceeds will benefit Teed Feed, a Seattle non-profit who helps homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. Teen Feed runs a free dinner program for youth ages 13-25, seven nights a week -- and we couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to help support their efforts! In addition to purchasing a ticket to the event, party attendees can make donations in the form of cash, cheques, and packages of white tube socks (yes, white tube socks) the night of the event.

We do hope you can make it -- we can't imagine a holiday party without you!

The Imaginary Holiday Office Party: featuring... John Vanderslice!

2010 imaginary Holiday Office Party with Santa John Vanderslice

The search for mistletoe has begun -- and we're counting down to the big Imaginary Holiday Office Party!

The most exciting development of today: it's now officially official that John Vanderslice will not only be our Indie-Rock Santa for the night {and yes, you'll be able to get your picture taken with him for posterity by the amazing photographer Laura Musselman}, but he'll also be taking the stage to perform a set! That makes for a killer 4-band bill of:

~ The Tripwires
~ The Young Evils
~ John Vanderslice
~ Jose Bold {John Osebold of "AWESOME"}

We're eternally grateful to Killorn O'Neill for helping us to get the word out to the masses with this rad poster! We'll be slopping on our winter boots to staple these up around town (remember, imaginary volunteers are always welcome -- especially when it's a benefit!) Feel free to grab the above image and slap it on your blog / facebook page / desktop background to remind you to get your fine self there... and yes, there will be full-color mondo-size screenprints of the poster at the event for purchase.

We can't wait for this night of amazing music, tons of imaginary cheer, and to celebrate it all with you! Tickets will be on sale tomorrow {Wednesday, 11/24} at 10a {or there abouts} and all proceeds will benefit Teen Feed.  We'll post and twitter and Facebook profusely when they are available for purchase -- but they are limited, so make sure you get yours while you can!


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Ring in the holidays at the Imaginary Office Party with amazing bands and Indie Rock Santa John Vanderslice

imaginary holiday party 2007

{Holiday photo by Laura Musselman}

It's the time of year that calls for flasks by the punchbowl, pine-scented candles, and bejeweled reindeer sweaters. What a better way to ring in the holidays than with the The Imaginary Holiday Office Party!

On Thursday, December 16, Three Imaginary Girls will deck out the Columbia City Theater in holiday cheer with a little help from our friends: The Tripwires, The Young Evils, Jose Bold {John Osebold of "AWESOME" fame} and a special guest that is going to knock this town's socks off! In the Bourbon Bar, DJ Greg Vandy will be supplying the best in soul and roots starting at 7pm. And it wouldn't be an imaginary holiday party without our very own Indie Rock Santa!


Latest comment by: HunterJE: "Wow, hard lineup to miss, even on a work night."

Save the date: the Imaginary Office Party is coming! {Thursday 12/16}

[John Roderick / by Laura Musselman]

We know, we know. You've probably still got a bowl of Halloween candy you're polishing off. But the holidays are fast approaching, and we didn't want to go one more minute without telling you about our Imaginary Office Party! Grab a Sharpie, get your calendar out, and put a big ol' star on Thursday, December 16th -- you're not going to want to miss this. Promise.

Who: your shiny happy friends over at Three Imaginary Girls, along with the fine folks of Columbia City Theater, present...
The Imaginary Office Party! A night of music and all-around awesomeness featuring The Tripwires, The Young Evils, Jose Bold, and a super-secret second act that is going to knock your socks off!
Where: Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Avenue S.
When: Thursday, December 16, 2010 -- doors at 7p
Why: Because we like you! No, really. The night is all about giving thanks to the lovely people we work with all year, and to help raise awareness about Teen Feed while we're at it.

On top of the rad bands we've got scheduled to play, everyone's favorite roots-and-soul expert Greg Vandy will be spinning in the Bourbon Bar from 7-9p to help us get our prefunk on. And it wouldn't be a party without Santa John Roderick, who has graciously agreed to offer up his lap for photo ops with the esteemed Ms. Laura Musselman during the earlier portion of the evening. Can somebody pinch us, please?

There is one little catch to the night: there will only be a limited number of tickets for sale. We'll announce here on TIG {soon!} when they're available for purchase -- just check back often and keep your eyes peeled for the link! The event is 21+ / $15, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to our friends over at Teen Feed.

We'll have a pretty poster and an official press release coming your way lickety split -- so stay tuned for more details!

{Endless thanks to Laura for the photo above from our 2009 party -- there's more where that came from over in our imaginary flickr pool!}


A decadent night of indie-pop: Math and Phyics Club, Allo Darlin', and The Special Places

at Rendezvous

Allo Darlin photo by Steve Louie

{Photos by Steve Louie}

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the Rendezvous on Saturday, October 29, 2010 to welcome Allo Darlin' to Seattle on their first visit to our fine city {full disclosure: the Three Imaginary Girls presented the show}. The sold-out show was filled with joy, even before the music began. With such an intimate space, everyone there knew that this was an important night. The unmatched mix of indie-pop gathered was bulletproof and we knew we were in store for a night we would all recount over many a summer campfire to come.

The evening started off with sweetheart-folksters The Special Places {2/5 of Seattle's Tullycraft}. It was Jenny Mears's first show donning an accordion, an instrument she only started learning four days before. She and her co-conspirator, Corianton Hale, weaved their way through a short 20-minute set hitting a {Tullycraft} cover song as well as their catalog of songs about hating and loving each other.

I had been waiting for months for the moment Allo Darlin' would crack open their catalog of songs and perform them steps away from me. With all the anticipation, it's hard to believe they actually surpassed my expectations. They effortlessly converted their silky, flawless pop songs about Woody Allen and polaroids into a rambunctious, jaw-dropping hootenanny that filled the room with euphoric jubilation.


Latest comment by: Kay: "Allo Darlin' was great. I agree that MAPC looked a bit exhausted, but I just couldn't get tired of their songs. Some photos to share: "